New Host Features: Scheduling & Pricing

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As a host on Airbnb, we want to make renting your property a simple process. We aggregated feedback from hosts, and turned the most common requests into new features. I’d like to explain each one, then show you in detail how to use it. If you have any questions along the way, please drop us a line at support@airbnb.com. We’re listening. 

I’m going to cover:

I. Managing your calendar
II. Variable pricing
III. Per-person pricing
IV. Minimum night stays

I. Calendar

The new calendar is easier than ever to update with availability and pricing. You can quickly turn dates off should they become unavailable. When dates are turned off, guests will not be able to reserve the listing for those specific dates.

To start, login to your account. Once at your inbox, click on Calendar from the left navigation. This will bring you to your calendar. 

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Let’s walk through the interface. The top left contains a drop down menu allowing you to select through multiple properties (if you have 2+). Click the drop down to select which property to edit. To the right of the menu is a link to “View Listing”. This will open your listing in a new window. 

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On the right hand corner is a on/off switch. Simply click to toggle the status on and off. When your listing is on, it shows up in search results. When it is off, the listing is saved to your account and can be fully edited, but does not show up in search results. Turn a listing off when you want to temporarily remove it from search results.

On the actual calendar, you’ll see the month and year. You can scroll forward and backward on the calendar by clicking the grey arrows on the left and right side of the screen. 

Dates from the past are a light grey. Today and future dates are darker and have a heavier outline. Within the dates you’ll see either a green or red bar. This indicates a listing’s availability. Green means someone can book the property. Red means the property is unavailable. 

How do I turn certain dates off? Click one time on the first day. Move your mouse to the last day, and click again. As you move the mouse, you should see the selected squares get darker. When you click on the last day, a pop up will appear. 
Inside the pop-up you will see the date range selected. A drop down menu next to Available allows you to say “yes” or “no”. Change the dropdown to your desired status. To save the changes, click “Submit“.

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II. Variable Pricing

We heard you loud and clear – prices can change throughout the year, depending on season, events, and other factors. You now have the ability to set custom prices for specific dates throughout the year. Change a month, a week, a weekend, or even one night. 

The price field lives in the same pop-up you use to change availability. Click once on the first day. Mouse over the last day you want to edit, then click once again. Change the Price night ($) in the open field. Click “Submit” to save your changes. 

III. Per person pricing

To start, login to your account. Once at your inbox, click on My Listings from the left navigation. This will bring you to your listings. Find the one you want to update, and click “edit”.

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Under the section titled Money, you’ll see an option labeled What if multiple guests?. There are four options to choose: 

1. Flat rate
This means your price stays the same regardless of how many travelers are coming. 
Example: Your listing is $50/night. One guest will book at $50/night. Two guests traveling together will book at $50/night.

2. Per person
This means your listing price is per each traveler. 
Example: Your listing is $50/night. One guest will book at $50/night. Two guests traveling together will book at $100/night ($50+$50). Three guests will book at $150/night ($50+$50+$50).

3. +25%
Each traveler adds 25% to your base price. 
Example: Your listing is $50/night. One guest will book at $50/night. Two guests traveling together will book at $63/night ($50+$13). 

4. +50%
Each additional traveler adds 50% to your base price. 
Example: Your listing is $50/night. One guest will book at $50/night. Two guests traveling together will book at $75/night ($50+$25). 

Make your selection, and press the Save button. Your changes will go live to the site, viewable under the Details section of your listing page. When a guest goes to book, your listing will dynamically update to display the correct price for the total number of travelers. 

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IV. Minimum nights

Have a certain minimum travelers must book to stay at your property? You can now set the number from 1-30. Guests will not be able to book your listing if their trip is less than the minimum you set. 

To start, login to your account. Once at your inbox, click on My Listings from the left navigation. This will bring you to your listings. Find the one you want to update, and click “edit”. Under the section titled Money, you’ll see an option labeled Minimum Nights. Click on the drop down menu and select the minimum number. 

Click the Save button and your changes will go live to the site. The minimum nights is viewable under the Details section of your listing page. 

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That wraps up the latest feature updates. Looking to post your room? Click here to start renting through our marketplace. Keep your feedback coming to support@airbnb.com. See you next update!

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  1. Ellert

    It’s probably nice that hosts can determine their own price and range, but for guests its very untransparent. They only see an amount/night so while browsing a suitable place for a destination, we as guests don’t get proper information to base our choice on.Please update the ui on the guest side for maximal conversion.Ellert

  2. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Ellert – what changes would you like to see?

  3. Joanne Swan

    I agree with Ellert. Airbnb have made it so hard for guests who are browsing and even about to book. I went to book an apartment today and it showed as $99 AUD on the listing page and in the calendar, but when I went to the booking page it showed as $111 per night! There was no clear reason to me why this was so. I messaged the host and she confirmed that it was $99 a night. This is a situation that leaves both the host and the potential customer frustrated. I have advised my host to look at her Pricing Tools. This system needs to be more transparent, that is, if my host has chosen to include a higher rate for a weekend day, the potential customer should know this (of course) and it should also be obvious to the host that they have selected this option!

  4. Brad

    What would really help is to be able to set minimum nights for various periods of time throughout your calendar.

    We have a minimum 2-3 night stay, but when there are 1 night gaps, we are forced to open our entire calendar up in order to fill those nights. Then we receive multiple requests for other nights throughout the year which means having to explain the entire situation an limitations of the airbnb calendar to all one night inquiries.

  5. Nathan

    What would be nice, would be to allow a maximum and minimum higher than the 1-30 days, say 6 months.fixed rental from specific dates.